Cat Fun House

Greg Krueger of St. James, Minnesota has created a cat paradise for his 4 cats inside of his home. Over the past 15 years he has been adding stairs, cubbies (with lighting), and walkways for his furry friends. It is awesome! He has created over 100 yards of cat walks. I think the spiral staircases are the best. I bet his pets are in feline heaven.

I would never do this! It puts my cat’s scratching tower to shame but he has has quite the mean streak and the last thing I want is for him to jump on someone’s head. Can you imagine? They would never come back! And I would have to wear a hat all the time. Greg’s cat’s all look loving and sweet though. I’m sure they would never do that.

At 49 he was late diagnosed with aspergers and he feels that working on his home has helped him focus in amazing ways. I think he has an terrific hobby and I can’t wait to see what his house looks like years down the road!

If you can’t redesign your house to accommodate your cat then Canadian Living has a fun DIY kitty tunnel that might work for you!

Here’s the video…Enjoy!

Derby The Dog: Running On 3D Printed Prosthetics

Derby looks a little bit like my dog, Denali! The main difference is that he was born with both of his front legs deformed. This pup had a hard go of things until Tara Anderson took him under her wing. He is a such a happy dog even with his disability. She decided to created prosthetics for him. They tried a cart for a while but it limited how he could play with other dogs. 3D printing made it possible to get the perfect fit and alter them over time to better fit his needs without the costs and molds normally needed.

I don’t understand how something ‘printed’ can be durable but it is. In Derby’s case I am so happy that they are! 3D printing absolutely blows my mind. I don’t understand it but it basically prints layer by layer until a real object is formed. It’s getting to where almost anything can be printed. A car, makeup, bikini, iPhone cases, and now these prosthetics for Derby.

3D printing is still spendy for people like you and I. Another drawback is that it can take hours or days to print something. 3ders.org can help answer some of the basic questions on this new type of printing. Check it out if you are just as confused as me! I found it really helpful.

See the heartwarming video here…Enjoy!

dog holiday dinner

I think these dogs are adorable and so well behaved. I can’t help compare every animal video to my pets. The costumes are precious, mine wouldn’t tolerate them. They are all getting along and being calm, mine don’t know the meaning of the word calm. They look like a real family.

This puppy dinner reminds of the Griswold’s (Christmas Vacation circa 1989). The pitbull has a flask, there is a kid texting, and there is a crazy aunt stealing the silver. There is a couple under the mistletoe and there is the cute-sy couple with matching Christmas sweaters (german shepherds).

The food they are eating is from Freshpets, an all natural dog and cat food company that is dedicated to your pet’s health, protecting the environments, and supporting the local community. Each serving is preservative free and has 18 essential vitamins and minerals. I wish I ate that well! WikiHow as some other tips for keeping your pups healthy. See them here

See the adorable puppy feast video here…Enjoy!

Recycled Dog Sweater

This made me laugh; it is just too cute! My dogs would HATE it but I would still try to make them wear it long enough to take a few pictures. Oprah was on Late Night the other night and said that the best gift she has gotten so far this year has been sweaters for her dogs. It is the perfect gift when you don’t know what to give someone. Gift their pet; it’s more personal than a gift card! I think she is right and so do the folks at Voknits.

Now you have a whole new reason to go to the thrift store. Find a sweater for your ‘ugly sweater party’ and find one for you puppy. Or cat if you have a death wish. I love that there is just a little bit of sewing required for this! You need some scissors and a sweater. Here are some other ways to make your pup fashionable…

Find the Voknits’ full article here…

Voknits: Recycled Dog Sweater

Ton Matton’s Chicken Cabinet Produces Fresh Eggs Right In Your Backyard

This chicken cabinet, designed by Ton Matton, is just one example of his amazing ‘free range furniture.’ How clever! DIY chicken coops are a dime-a-dozen but this one stands out from the masses. The cabinet design makes it easy to collect eggs, clean up after the birds, and feed and water them. It’s not an eyesore either!

The space in this cabinet/coop is tiny and the chickens will need a safe place to roam when not in their little house. This would be fun for the city chicken farmer. Yup, that’s a really popular thing right now. It’s just the right size if you want your own eggs but don’t have a lot of space. No one said coops have to be big and ugly. Plus I’ve heard these birds make nice pets.

I love to repurpose and this is a brilliant way to repurpose a china or hoosier cabinet. I am in love with these other furniture repurposing ideas from House Beautiful as well.

See the full article and plans at Inhabitat here…

Inhabitat: Ton Matton’s Chicken Cabinet Produces Fresh Eggs Right In Your Backyard

Dog In Snow Maze

Too cute. Ginzey the pup is adorable and looks like he is having loads of fun in a dog sized maze built just for him. This seems like a pretty good use of snow to me! I was never this creative when shoveling snow as a kid.

I wish the snow was a little deeper. The deeper the snow, the longer the fun lasts. Ginzey was so excited that he broke all the maze ‘rules’ and jumped over the boundaries. Who could blame him? He just loves his owner so much!

I know that my dogs would absolutely destroy something like this and have a fabulous time doing it.

Pets are so fun! Don’t believe me? Here are some more examples. Any animal dressed up in a costume can make me laugh for hours. I’m going to dress my dog like Batman for Halloween.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Platform Bed

Dog lovers rejoice. I have found a DIY to make you and Fido happy. It is a platform bed that has a trundle just for your furry best friend. It’s perfect for small spaces too. The bed can be tucked away during the day when not being used. Big dogs don’t always fit in bed comfortably and this is a nice solution. (A dog bed in the closet might be another possibility to think about.)

I am a big fan of beds with storage and drawers underneath. There never seems to be enough room in my closets! This is a nice twist on those other storage beds. A platform bed like this is going to raise your mattress up, FYI.

If you’re not willing to hop up or get a step stool you might have to say goodbye to the boxspring. My bed is really high and I opted for jumping up. Also, don’t miss these other great DIY bed ideas by Bob Vila… find them here

Here’s the link to House Bella’s full article…

House Bella: Platform Bed

The Chicken Coop

Chicken coops have come such a long ways. Check out the creative details on this one from Trevor’s Projects! His birds are high rollers, living in this swanky penthouse. If you were on the fence considering backyard chickens, this should inspire you to jump off! I love the paint scheme and bright red door! Nice job Trevor!

Find the coop here-

Trevor’s Projects – The Chicken Coop

Image Credit: onetreephotography.com

 DIY Cat Tent Using An Old T-Shirt

Stylish Eve has a wonderful DIY for a kitty bed/home/toy that cats everywhere are going to love! This is the best way to repurpose cardboard and wire hangers that I have ever seen. I’m excited to put my old t-shirts to use and give my cat a place to hide from the dog at the same time. For some reason cats love to squish into tiny spaces so this is a must-have for cat owners.

Learn how to make your own here…

Stylish Eve – DIY Cat Tent Using An Old T-Shirt

Image Credit: stylisheve.com